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34th (Northern) Signal Regiment
34 Signal Regiment
Insigne du Royal Corps of Signals (R SIGNALS).svg
Active 1967—2009
Country  United Kingdom
Branch

 British Army

Type Military Communications Unit
Role Rear support to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
Size Regiment
Part of 11th Signal Brigade
Regimental HQ Middlesbrough, England
Nickname(s) "The Northern Signallers"

The 34th (Northern) Signal Regiment was a military communications regiment of the British Army serving within the Royal Corps of Signals. The regiment was first formed along with almost all other TA units in 1967, but disbanded in 2009 following the reduction in size of the TA element of the Royal Signals.

History

Following the announcement of the 1966 Defence White Paper, new "large" regiments and formed within the new Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve. Although more focused on the infantry and Royal Artillery, the Royal Corps of Signals did see some changes including new TA regiments and squadrons.[1][2][3] On 1 April 1967 the 34th (Northern) Signal Regiment (V) was formed with the following structure;[1][2][3]

  • Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Middlesbrough
    • Royal Signals (Northern) Band
  • 49 (West Riding) Signal Squadron, Carlton Barracks, Leeds
  • 50 (Northumbrian) Signal Squadron, Darlington
    • Newcastle Troop (former 339 Signal Squadron)
  • 90 (North Riding) Signal Squadron, Middlesbrough
    • Hartlepool Troop

From 1967 till 1971, many TA signal troopers were attached, these included:[4]

  • 703 Control Centre (Type A), in Leeds (later formed part of 49 Sig Sqn)
  • 704 Control Centre (Type A), in Middlesbrough (later formed part of 90 Sig Sqn)
  • 705 Control Centre (Type A)
  • 741 Control Centre (Type B)
  • 742 Control Centre (Type B), in Newcastle upon Tyne (later formed part of 50 Sig Sqn)
  • 743 Control Centre (Type B)
  • 744 Control Centre (Type B)
  • 745 Control Centre (Type B), in Kingston upon Hull (later formed part of 49 Sig Sqn)
  • 746 Control Centre (Type B) — later became 44 Squadron's signal troop in Prittlewell
  • 811 Medium Radio Relay Signal Troop
  • 812 Medium Radio Relay Signal Troop
  • 813 Medium Radio Relay Signal Troop
  • 816 Medium Radio Relay Signal Troop, in Gillingham
  • 839 Technical Maintenance Signal Troop

Following formation, the regiment was assigned to the 12th Signal Group (later brigade) and assigned the role of providing communications between the Channel Ports and the rear boundary of the I (British) Corps. In 1993 the regiment was re-roled to provide theatre level communications support fort the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps as part of the larger 11th Signal Brigade (and Headquarters West Midlands from 2014). Finally, in 2009 the regiment was disbanded along with the majority of the old TA signal regiments. Following their disbandment, 50 (Northumbrian) Sqn was re-titled as 50 (Northern) Sqn and moved into the 37th (Wales and Western) Signal Regiment (V), and the rest of the squadrons and troops were disbanded along with the band.[1]

As part of the 2009 reductions, the regiment was reduced to a squadron and the squadrons mostly reduced to troops. RHQ & HQ Sqn reduced to Squadron HQ & Support Troop and renamed as 50 (Northern) Squadron with HQ in Darlington. 49 Sqn reduced to 834 Troop in Darlington, old 50 Sqn reduced to 875 Troop in Darlington, and 90 Sqn reduced to Kohima Troop in York. The Royal Signals Northern Band was transferred to the 32nd (Scottish) Signal Regiment.

The regiment's final structure was as follows;[1][5]

  • Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, in Middlesbrough
    • The Royal Signals (Northern) Band, in Middlesbrough[6]
  • 49 (West Riding) Signal Squadron, at Carlton Barracks, Leeds[7]
    • 703 (Trunk Node) Signal Troop
    • 745 Signal Troop, at Halifax Barracks, Kingston upon Hull
  • 50 (Northumbrian) Signal Squadron, at Bradford Armoury, Darlington[8]
    • 742 (Access) Signal Troop, in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 90 (North Riding) Signal Squadron, in Hartlepool[9]
    • 704 (Trunk Node) Signal Troop, in Middlesbrough

Honours

Lineages

The regiment was formed from the following units;[1][2]

  • 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division/District Signal Regiment
  • 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division/District Signal Regiment
  • 90th Signal Regiment (Army Emergency Reserve)
  • The Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry (elements)
  • 151st Infantry Brigade HQ (339 Signal Squadron)

Honours

Honours included;[1]

  • Freedom of the City of Teesside
  • Freedom of the City of Middlesbrough
  • Freedom of the City of Darlington
  • Affiliated with the Officers' Training Corps of Leeds University
  • Affiliated with the Officers' Training Corps of Northumbria University

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References

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